Saint-Étienne and Nantes meet at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, in a match for the 16 th round of League 1. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 3 wins and 1 draw in the last 4 matches. However, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium was on 04-04-2017, in a match for the League 1 which ended in a draw for (1-1). The goals of the match were scored by B. Corgnet (70 ‘), for Saint-Étienne, and P. Nakoulma (15’), for Nantes. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
After 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses, the home team is currently in the ª position, without having won any points. In their last match, they lost in an away match against Bordeaux (3-0), after in the previous match they tied (2-2) at home, in a match against Strasbourg. This is a team that, oddly enough, has had better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses in away matches; against 3 wins, 7 draws and 5 losses at their stadium. In the last 8 home league matches Saint-Étienne has a record of 3 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses, so they have won 12 points out of 24 possible. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 1-1 (3 out of 8 matches). The team allowed goals to the opponent in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so it has not been very strong defensively. In 15 matches in this competition, they have only won 1 of the 8 matches they suffered in the first goal.
Saint-Étienne started the French championship in great form, accumulating three victories in the first few days, but failed to maintain the same rhythm and now goes through a complicated phase, as it has not won for six days, a period in which he suffered four defeats The last of them was outside the home, against Bordeaux, in a game that left much to be desired in the offensive and defensive sector, leaving the field thrashed by the opponent. As was evident in that confrontation, the defense has not been able to help the team recover, so much so that it is currently among the worst eight. Playing at home he conquered only 50% of the points he played and in that condition he has one of the worst defenses. The coach is often alternating the tactical scheme, but must keep the Brazilian Hernani as a reference in midfield.
The away team is currently in the 5 th position of the league, with 26 points won, after 8 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Rennes, by (2-1). In the last match, they won in a home match against AS Monaco, by (1-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses in away matches, with 14 goals scored and 25 conceded; against 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 20 goals scored and 9 conceded. For the league, Nantes won 10 points out of 24 possible points, after 3 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses in the last 8 away matches.
For this competition, they have not won any of the last 4 away matches. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (4 out of 8 matches). They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 15 matches in this competition, they have only 1 comeback in the 6 matches they have conceded the first goal.
The Nantes enters the field trying to repeat away from home the optimal performance that has been having before its liking by the French championship, in which it overcame its five last confrontations, whereas far from its dominions it lost the last three. On the last day, he played a very balanced game against Monaco and reached the goal of victory only in the last minutes of the game. Offensive performance in recent days reveals that this sector has been the team’s biggest problem so far, since in four games it failed to balance the adversary network and is currently among the worst seven. The club has the worst average of correct passes and the worst average possession of the ball, which ends up hindering the work of the creative sector. The one who has been doing good performances regularly is right-back Dubois, who must be in the starting lineup for this duel.
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